I do not login into Facebook often, so I am always surprised by all the interface and privacy changes that occurred since my last login. I guess I am not hip, but neither are a few other individuals I know — that have closed their Facebook accounts in the past year. Facebook has jumped the shark. I will be the first to admit, that I always had a hard time believeing that this platform can be monetized, other than maybe selling our personal information and metadata to the government, or anybody else who is willing to pay for it. At best, it is this perverse form of entertainment — of “looking at other people”. Charles Kenny has a great editorial in June’s  issue of Bloomberg Businessweek “What the Web Didn’t Deliver: High Economic Growth“, describing how what the Internet has brought us is mostly entertainment and an easier way to shop.
But wait — I am not trying to put down someone else’s work here, or to suggest that Facebook is unnecessary. What I am merely trying to point out are the flaws of the system as I see them. Biggest problem for Facebook today is how slow it has become. Sometimes it is so slow, that it is not possible to navigate. The same goes for various Facebook platform apps and plugins. I had to remove most Facebook platform apps from my blog, as these adversly affected the page load performance. Second issue that Facebook faces has to do with content itself. Yes, there are relationships, status updates, groups, etc., but 90% of all storage space is consumed by photos. I was never a fan of posting status updates [isn’t it what Twitter is for?], but I have uploaded some vacation photos to Facebook in the past. Imagine my surprise when Facebook decided to rearrange my photos in what they believe to be a more convienient format.
I have been a Flickr (owned by Yahoo) user for a while now. I tried Picasa (now owned by Google) before it, but found Flickr to be much more intuitive to use. Flickr lets me upload photos, arrange them the way I want, and post them to Facebook if I want to (just link the two accounts). So why would I upload a photo directly to Facebook ever again? In fact I plan to delete all my photos from Facebook and upload these to Flickr instead. Who knows maybe less photos will make Facebook run faster? In the end I may decide post a few of these photos to Facebook — via Flickr that is.